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Shared Office Center

Got office space? Monthly rent can be expensive for small businesses, but offering up a shared office center is a win-win situation for you and your small business tenants.

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Shared Office Center
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Shared office facilities are very popular, and the demand for low-cost shared office rentals continues to increase right across North America. As an alternative to working from home many small companies are utilizing shared office space as a way to keep monthly overheads manageable, and shared office centers usually consist of 20 to 30 small individual offices housed within one location. A shared office center can be started on a reasonable investment of about $25,000 and can return very good profits. Additional revenue can be generated from providing your tenants with a wide range of ‘extra services,’ such as reception and secretarial services, high-speed photocopying, parcel shipping and receiving, and boardroom facilities. The individual offices can be rented furnished or unfurnished’providing this option to tenants is also an excellent way to increase your business income with furniture and equipment rentals.

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Errand Service Business Opportunity

Help busy people get through the day by providing an errand service.

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  • Business: Errand Service
  • Start-up Costs: Minimum
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Let’s face it; today’s busy lifestyles mean that a lot working people just don’t have time for even the simplest of errands, such as taking the family pet to the veterinarian for a routine checkup, buying AuntSue a birthday present, or picking up the kids after school.

Which is great news if you’re a multi-tasker looking to start your own simple,inexpensive, yet potentially very profitable business. An errand service can be operated with nothing more than a cell phone and reliable transportation.

Land clients by networking and by creating a simple marketing brochure explaining the services you provide along with your contact information.
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The brochures can be pinned to community bulletin boards, hand-delivered to homes and businesses and distributed with the local newspaper.

A few promotional items such as pens and memo pads emblazoned with your company logo, name and telephone number given out to potential customers will go a long way as a daily reminder of your fast, reliable and affordable errand services.

This is the kind of business where growth is fuelled by referrals, so customer service and satisfaction are the most important goals.

The Market

Busy individuals who need a little help getting their day to day errands done. You can also market your services to small business owners.

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Inventory Service

Recording inventory for a business can save them days of valuable time.

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Inventory Service

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

In spite of the fact that many businesseshave a computerized inventory tracking system in place, most businessesstill must conduct semiannual or annual inventory counts for tax andinventory shrinkage reasons.

This fact creates a fantastic opportunityto capitalize by starting an inventory recording service. The businessconcept is very basic, and there are specialized handheld electronicrecorders that enable the user to rapidly record and document inventorywith a business or warehouse.

One of the main marketing tools that willbe available to you in terms of persuading potential clients to utilizethe inventory service is simply the fact that in most cases theinventory counting can be conducted at night.

Not disturbing thebusiness or having to pay employees overtime wage rates to conduct thecounts, not to mention the fact of accuracy in counting and recordingmethods, make this attractive to businesses.

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Contract Negotations Service

Contract negotiations can be a dreaded aspect of business, but you can make the process less painful for clients with your negotiating skills.

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Contract Negotations Service
Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

The ability to successfully negotiate a business contract can mean the difference between prospering and failing. Many business owners are quick to realize that contract negotiation skills are an art form and often best left to professional contract negotiators. If you possess a high degree of business ethics, and have exceptional communications, negotiations and closing skills, then an unmatched opportunity waits in starting a contract negotiation service.

Securing clients for the service is best approached by creating a marketing package that explains the service, but more important, your accomplishments in terms of successfully negotiating contracts. Don’t be shy. If you have a track record of negotiating multimillion-dollar contracts in you past corporate life, let potential clients know.

Once the marketing package has been completed, set up appointments with companies and business owners that you feel would benefit from using your service and negotiations experience.

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